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Jimmy Howard says Red Wings don’t need to ‘prove manhood’ against Bruins

Posted By Mike Petraglia On April 20, 2014 @ 7:06 pm In General | No Comments

Zdeno Chara gets into a scrap with Brendan Smith at the end of the first period Sunday. (AP) [1]

Zdeno Chara [2] gets into a scrap with Brendan Smith at the end of the first period of Sunday’s Game 2. (AP)

After giving up four goals on 29 shots Sunday, including a bizarre momentum-generating tally on Boston’s first goal, Jimmy Howard still feels confident going against the Bruins — that is, if the Red Wings can do one thing.

“I think we’ve got to stay out of the BS out there and just play whistle to whistle, and not worry about getting into the scrums or anything like that, and proving your manhood out there,” Howard said after the Bruins captured Game 2 Sunday, 4-1, at TD Garden.

The last part might be a word of friendly advice to teammate Brendan Smith, who got into it with Zdeno Chara [2] at the end of the first period.

“We just have to skate, play our hockey, don’t get into their motive and get into their scrap, playing real physical,” said Howard. “We just have to get back to playing our game. We knew this was going to be a long series and they played a real solid game today.”

As for Bruins forward Reilly Smith, the brother of Brendan, he perhaps had the best perspective.

“He wouldn’t be the first guy I’d choose in the NHL [3] to go against,” Reilly said of his brother wanting to drop the gloves with Boston’s beast. “He should probably think twice next time.”

Reilly Smith was asked if he could see the laugh and smile on Chara’s face as he prepared to square off.

“Yeah, and I don’t think Chara is too worried,” Smith said. “It’s a moot point in the entire series and the whole outcome of the game.”

Was Reilly worried about his brother’s safety?

“No, not too much,” he said. “That’s the least of my worries right now.”


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